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41-24619

B-17 Flying Fortress

Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-S] Bangor 5-Oct-42; Molesworth 25-Oct-42; 52m Missing in Action Oschersleben 11-Jan- 44 with Tom Simmons, Co-pilot: Fred Reichel, Navigator: Bill Clyatt, Bombardier: Dick Vaughan, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Wallace Elliott, Radio Operator: Joe Bennett, Ball turret gunner: Dante Dipietra, Waist gunner: Bob Livingstondied Stalag 17B, Krems 27/3/44, Waist gunner: Bob Stewart,Tail gunner: Wesley Hasty (10 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft severely damaged ship, crew bailed, but it flew on and crashed in woods at Oberhaus, between Bad Lauterberg & Braunlage, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 1923. S FOR SUGAR.

Service

Units

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 427th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Samuel Anderson

    Military | Captain | Lead Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    17-Feb-42 Assigned as Navigator of B-17F #41-24579 [PU-F] at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho. 16-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth UK. He was despatched on 26 Operations - 25 credited. Served as a Lead Navigator on 23 of those missions. Completed a 25-Mission...

  • James Baart

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer | 303rd Bomb Group

  • Jack Belk

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    1-May-42 Assigned as an Aerial Gunner to 303BG/427BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho, with the rank of Sergeant. 303BG personnel record does not indicate that he was assigned to any particular crew at that time and does not indicate when he arrived at...

  • Joseph Bennett

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Oschersleben on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17F #41-24619 'S For Sugar'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Edward Bryant

    Military | Captain | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    1-May-42 Assigned as Bombardier of B-17F 41-24619 [GN-S] "S-for-Sugar", 303BG/427BS at Gowen Field, Bosie, Idaho. 12-Oct-42 Re-assigend to B-17F 41-24569 [GN-V], "Memphis Tot" 303BG/427BS at Dow Field, Bangor, Maine. 22-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK...

  • Clarence Coomes

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Aerial Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    1-May-42 Assigned as an Aerial Gunner of B-17F #41-24619 [GN-S] "S-for-Sugar", 303BG/427BS at Gowen Field, Bosie, Idaho. 12-Oct-42 Re-assigned to B-17F #41-24569 [GN-V], "Memphis Tot" 303BG/427BS at Dow Field, Bangor, Maine. 22-Oct-42 Arrived at...

  • Dante Dipietra

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group

  • Frank Doherty

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | XO | 303rd Bomb Group

  • Wallace Elliott

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Oschersleben on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17F #41-24619 'S For Sugar. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Glenn Hagenbuch

    Military | Major | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    1-May-42 Assigned as a Pilot with the 303BG/427BS at Gowen Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico with the rank of 1st Lieutenant. 7-Aug-42 Assigned as Pilot with crew to B-17F 41-24619 [GN-S] "S-for-Sugar", 303BG/427BS at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas. 2-Sep-42...

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Places

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 11 January 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 February 2016 22:37:37 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 7-Feb-2016. Changed dates toUSAAF military-style signification.

Date Contributor Update
07 February 2016 21:24:24 Lee8thbuff Changes to nicknames and markings
Sources

Lee Cunningham 7-Feb-2016. Added nickname and coding per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Satn Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:03 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1923 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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